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First Peoples: Bunjilaka - Museum Victoria

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Published July 7th 2014
A Journey of Discovery of Aboriginal Culture
corroboree, William Barak, Wurundjeri
Corroboree by William Barak, Wurundjeri

It's NAIDOC week, so why don't you celebrate by learning something new about Indigenous culture? The permanent First Peoples exhibition at the Melbourne Museum could be a good way to start. The First Peoples exhibition is an educational, interactive, and highly enjoyable multi-sensory experience located at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre within the museum, where you can learn all sorts of things that you may not have known about one of the oldest cultures in the world.
strangers from the ocean, Aboriginal Victoria, corroboree
Strangers from the ocean

Meander through the wondrous maze detailing stories, artworks, and artefacts of the past. You can listen to stories and songs about Creation, read about the invasion by white settlers and the challenges faced by Aboriginal people, admire possum skin cloaks over 150 years old sewn together meticulously and intricately decorated, learn language, watch Boorun's canoe being made by Gunai men, listen to music by Indigenous artists on the Memory Jukebox, or learn how to grind ochre for painting and decoration.
Boorun's canoe, Boorun the Pelican, Gunai men, Creation story
Boorun's canoe

Be transported through time inside the Creation Cinema and hear the story of Bunjil (the wedge-tailed eagle), Creator for many Victorian Aboriginal clans.
Bunjil the Eagle, Aboriginal Victoria, Creation story
Bunjil the Eagle inside the Creation Cinema

There are displays of hundreds of Aboriginal artefacts, including weapons and tools, cooking utensils, baskets, and ornaments, highlighting their advanced skills and intimate relationship with land and the natural environment.
boomerang, wooden shield, bone nose ornament, wooden fighting club
Wooden and bone artefacts

This exhibition is a celebration of the lives of the first people of this nation and a unique opportunity to hear their stories about identity, language, community, and culture, told through their voices.
headband, reed necklace, emu feather skirt
Mulong nyerd (headband), djarrk koon (reed necklace), til-bur-nin (emu feather skirt)
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Why? Learn about Aboriginal Victoria
When: Permanent
Where: Melbourne Museum
Cost: General admission prices to Melbourne Museum: Adult $10, Concession and Child (316 years) free entry.
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